Boys basketball roundup: Alexandria rolls over St. Cloud Apollo; WCA routs Benson

Alexandria earned a large win on Friday, while WCA did so on Monday, and the B-E boys gave Battle Lake a good push in the first half.

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Alexandria's Mason Witt (left) drives the ball to the hoop with Bemidji's Jaxon Boschee (right) in the Cardinals 79-73 win over Bemidji on Feb. 10, 2023. Witt had 10 points in the win. Witt had 20 points in Alexandria's 86-57 win over St. Cloud Apollo on Friday, Feb. 17, 2023.
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The Alexandria boys basketball team cruised to a 29-point victory (86-57) on the road on Friday against St. Cloud Apollo (1-20, 0-12 Central Lakes Conference), behind a red-hot offense.

Alexandria was led on offense by Mason Witt with 20 points, while Chase Thompson had 18 and Dawson Roderick had 16.

Grayson Grove had a double-double, 13 points and 12 rebounds.

Roderick and Grove were pests on the defensive end, as Roderick had eight deflections and four steals, while Grove had seven deflections, five steals, and four blocks.

The Cardinals (16-4, 11-2 CLC) host Fergus Falls (6-16, 4-8 CLC) at 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday.


ALEXANDRIA PLAYER STATS - Mason Gorghuber - 2 points; Jacob Balcome - 4 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 blocks; Thomas Hinrichs - 1 rebound; Jaxon Schoenrock - 2 points, 3 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 deflections, 1 steal; Myles Gray - 2 points, 2 rebounds; Samson Hagstrom - 1 rebound; Chase Thompson - 18 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 deflections, 1 steal; Mason Witt - 20 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 deflections, 3 steals; Gavin Roderick - 2 points; Talan Witt - 5 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 deflection, 1 steal; Dawson Roderick - 16 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 8 deflections, 4 steals; Evan Moore - 1 assist, 1 steal; Grayson Grove - 13 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists, 7 deflections, 5 steals, 4 blocks; Trevin Hoepner - 2 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 deflections

WCA seniors shine on senior night

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West Central Area's Jacob Strunk dribbles the ball up the floor during the first half of the team's 51-47 loss on Feb. 6, 2023. Strunk scored eight points in the game. Strunk had 15 points and 10 steals in WCA's 74-45 win over Benson on Monday, Feb. 20, 2023.
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The West Central Area boys basketball team showed out on senior night with a 74-45 win on Monday over the Benson Braves (6-17, 2-12 West Central Conference).

WCA improved to 16-7 (9-4 WCC) with the win.

"We got to honor six outstanding individuals,” WCA head coach Kraig Hunter said. “They are all top notch people. They gave us a good start on defense with a lot of energy, and it carried over to everyone else for the rest of the game."

Senior Jacob Strunk had a double-double, 15 points and 10 steals, along with two assists, while senior Cole Anderson had 16 points, four assists, and four rebounds, and senior Roman Mihailovschi had 11 points and two steals.

Senior Brett Amundson finished with three rebounds, while fellow senior Isaac Kreft had two.

The Knights shot 30-of-63 from the field and made eight three-pointers. Benson sot 17-of-38 from the field.

Bryce Kjesbo finished with nine points, three assists, and three steals, while Mitch Dewey had eight points and four steals, and Cam Anderson had eight points, two rebounds, and five assists. Sam Hanson added four points and two rebounds. Ben Bye had three points, six rebounds, two assists, and two steals, while Nas Dotts had two steals and two assists.


WCA hosts Barnesville (14-7) at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Strong second half lifts Battle Lake over B-E

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B-E's Micah Fuller (blue) tries to shake off Border West's Dylan Bainbridge (0) during the first half of Border West's 83-61 win on Feb. 14, 2023. Fuller had 15 points in B-E's 80-40 loss to Battle Lake on Feb. 20, 2023.
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The Brandon-Evansville boys basketball team kept things close against Battle Lake on Monday in the first half as Battle Lake only led 36-29 at the break.

But Batlle Lake outscored B-E 44-11 in the second half to seal its win and improve to 19-4 (17-3 Section 6A) while dropping B-E to 6-16 (4-12 Section 6A).

“We had it down to three with under two minutes in the first half, and we played poised and controlled in the first half,” B-E head coach Trent Hintermeister said. “In the second half, we missed a couple of shots early, panicked, and started jacking early shots, and Battle Lake turned those early shots into easy points. Battle Lake is a super athletic team, and we let them use that to their advantage in the second half.”

Battle Lake held a 36-16 edge in rebounds.

Micah Fuller led the B-E offense with 15 points.

B-E hosts Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa (17-4, 1-1 Section 6A) on Thursday at 7:15 p.m.

Battle Lake - 36 44 - 80


B-E - 29 11 - 40

B-E TEAM STATS - FG - 13-47; 3-PT - 7-27; FT - 7-9; Rebounds - 16; Assists - 12; Deflections - 4; Steals - 2; Blocks - 1; Turnovers - 10; Fouls - 7

B-E PLAYER STATS - Micah Fuller - 15 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists; Riley Perleberg - 3 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists; Brady Perleberg - 5 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal; Tanner Riedel - 1 rebound, 1 assist; Carter White - 2 points; Dezmond White - 9 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 deflections, 1 steal, 1 block; Kian Gackle - 5 points, 1 rebound, 1 deflection; Nathan Anderson - 1 assist; Dustin Gillespie - 1 rebound; Stephen Hamilton -1 point; Aaron Gillespie - 1 rebound, 1 assist

Sam Stuve covers a variety of sports in the Douglas County area. He also is assigned to do some news stories as well.
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